Amazon achieves 100% renewable energy target.

By Oliver Townsend Jul 10, 2024
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Amazon recently announced a major milestone in its sustainability journey – the achievement of its goal to power its global operations with 100% renewable energy. Surpassing its initial target by 7 years, Amazon hit this significant milestone in 2023. This achievement comes after the company first announced its clean energy goal in 2019, committing to match all electricity consumed across its global operations with renewable energy by 2030 when it was at 42% renewable energy.

Commitment to Clean Energy

Since setting this ambitious goal, Amazon has invested billions of dollars in clean energy development and has emerged as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy worldwide for the past four years. The company’s investment in over 500 renewable projects globally includes solar and wind farms, battery storage projects, offshore wind projects, and onsite solar arrays. Amazon estimates that its renewable energy portfolio will help avoid approximately 27.8 million tons of carbon emissions annually once all projects are operational.

Path to Net Zero

Amazon’s renewable energy goal is part of its broader Climate Pledge initiative to achieve net zero by 2040. The company acknowledges that its path to net zero has evolved unexpectedly, primarily due to the increasing demand for generative AI, necessitating a shift towards different energy sources. Despite the challenges and adjustments required along the way, Amazon remains optimistic and committed to achieving its long-term sustainability goals.

Continued Investment in Renewable Energy

To meet its growing energy needs, Amazon plans to continue investing in renewable energy while exploring new carbon-free energy sources such as nuclear, battery storage, and emerging technologies. Kara Hurst, Amazon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, emphasized the importance of reaching the renewable energy goal early and highlighted the company’s ongoing efforts to decarbonize its operations as it progresses towards its 2040 target.

Strategic Sustainability Initiatives

Amazon’s success in reaching its renewable energy goal showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. By prioritizing clean energy investments and driving progress towards net zero emissions, Amazon sets a positive example for other corporations to follow in the journey towards a more sustainable future.

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